How to help Maui fire victims from afar: Organizations and efforts underway

On Thursday, 'Good Morning America' will dedicate the second hour of its broadcast to the fundraising initiative 'Maui Strong.'

ByKelly McCarthy ABCNews logo
Friday, August 11, 2023
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The deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in more than a century devoured homes and businesses, blackened cars and left only ruins in its wake.

MAUI -- The devastating wildfires on Maui have claimed over 100 lives, with even more missing, and burned thousands of homes, businesses and historical sites, leaving locals desperate for basic necessities including food, water and housing.

Hawaii officials say the wildfires that erupted on Maui Aug. 8 have become the deadliest natural disaster in state history.

On Thursday, "Good Morning America" and ABC News organized efforts to help viewers get involved in relief efforts for survivors of the Maui fires.

Red Cross

Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this Maui wildfires. Go to redcross.org/abc to find out how to donate.

The Maui Strong Fund

Authorities in Hawaii, including the Office of the Governor of Hawai'i, have encouraged those seeking to help to donate to this fund, which is being organized by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

"The Maui Strong Fund was created to provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery," the foundation says on its website. "The fund is currently being used to support communities affected by the wildfires on Maui."

Click here to learn how to donate.

Salvation Army - Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division

The Salvation Army's Kahului Corps has already provided thousands of meals at Maui County and American Red Cross emergency shelters and is expanding across the island, the nonprofit announced in a press release Wednesday.

Click here to donate online.

Maui Mutual Aid Fund

This group of volunteers working to collect money and donations started a "needs list" posted to their social media pages, ABC News Honolulu affiliate KITV reported.

They are accepting donations to help Maui families, people with disabilities, elderly residents and others with limited or no insurance.

"If you have never done mutual aid work or never responded to a disaster and you feel you are called into responding right now, give us a call. We have a volunteer who will walk you through some very basic steps and will get you connected to the network," Nicole Haguenin, a volunteer with Maui Mutual Aid Fund, told KITV.

Click here to donate online.

Aloha United Way

The Honolulu-based nonprofit organization, started in 1919, has created a Maui Fire Relief Fund to help fire victims financially.

Click here to donate online.

Maui Food Bank

The food bank took to Instagram Wednesday, writing, "Maui, we stand with you during this emergency. Our hardworking staff is on the ground, making sure those affected get the help they need."

Click here to make an online donation, which the organization said is "the quickest way to make an impact."

The food bank has asked that phone and email requests remain limited, and directed those looking to help to continue checking its website for updates on the latest relief efforts.

Maui County

Maui County officials have also called for nonperishable food, bottled water, hygiene items and blanket donations. Donations can be dropped off at Maui's War Memorial Complex from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The Hawai'i Tourism Authority has urged hotels and vacation rental owners "to consider how they might be able to house Maui residents displaced by the fire."

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

The CNHA has partnered with Native Hawaiian and community organizations and businesses to match up to $1,000,000 in donations for ohana impacted by the devastating wildfires on Maui.

World Central Kitchen

The nonprofit that provides meals in the wake of natural disasters, founded by chef José Andrés, has its Relief Team delivering food to emergency workers, those in shelters and rural communities on Maui and the Big Island and will continue to identify and fill meal needs. Click here to learn more and donate.